Meadows Elementary School, Nebraska

Meadows Elementary, one of six elementary schools in Ralston Public Schools located just outside Omaha, serves a small community where 50 percent of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

School leaders implemented myON as a reading resource for the average to above-average students, but quickly found that myON impacts all students.

“Engagement with myON is super high,” said Principal Lisa Schroeder. “It’s incredible that we can give free choice on a computer and the first thing they want to get on is myON. They are loving the reading and the connection to our curriculum.”

After early reports showed impressive usage data for students at Meadows, the school district expanded myON into all six elementary schools. Meanwhile, the Meadows team is continuing to ramp up their activities.

"It’s incredible that we can give free choice on a computer and the first thing they want to get on is myON." 

This spring, they are reminding families they have access to myON all summer, and working to implement open school hours for kids to read. Next year’s plan includes giving teachers more time to prepare project-based lessons and to continue exploring the tools myON offers for the classroom.

“It has been a huge value to us,” said Schroeder. “The kids will battle to get on the computers so they can get on myON.”

She is excited about stories of non-readers being turned into readers because of their time spent on myON, and the level of student engagement she has seen with non-fiction texts.

“A love for reading is exactly what we want to instill in our kids,” Schroeder added. “We provide our kids with quality material [within myON]. There is nothing better for our kids than that.”